Blackstone's 90th Anniversary

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It all started when…

The following is an extract from an article, "Studying Law at UWA: the Blackstone Society 1928-1960" (2004) 31(7) Brief 12-19, written by Dr Peter Handford and published in 'Brief' (the Journal of the Law Society of Western Australia). 

As part of the process of preparing for the UWA Law School’s 75th Anniversary in May 2003, and mounting a display of the Philip Jessup trophy and the Law School’s other mooting trophies in connection with the winning of the world mooting championship in Washington earlier that year, I came across the bound volume of Blackstone Society Minutes for the years 1928 to 1960, which the Law School has held for some years, and started to read it.  It soon became clear to me that it provided fascinating glimpses of what the Law School was like in days gone by, and that it deserved a wider audience.  So here are some extracts from the Minutes for those years.  I have added footnotes giving details of the careers of the individuals who are mentioned.  In each case, LLB refers to the UWA LLB, and admission means admission as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia.  Where individuals were associated with the foundation of particular firms, I have inserted details of the firm name, in order to draw some lines between the past and the present.  My thanks to the Hon Justice Robert Nicholson of the Federal Court, himself mentioned in the Minutes in his capacity as President of the Blackstone Society in 1958, who reviewed the text and encouraged me to publish it, and others whom I consulted about whether or not to include particular passages (as a result of which one or two were censored!).  I hope that the information in the footnotes is accurate, but the responsibility for any errors is mine alone. 


19 June 1928


A meeting of Law Students in the University of Western Australia was held at 8.30 pm on Tuesday, 19th June 1928, in Professor F R Beasley’s room at the University, for the purpose of considering the establishment of a University Moot.


Professor F R Beasley, having taken the chair at the request of those present at the meeting, outlined the system adopted at other universities.


It was moved by Mr R V Nevile,[1] seconded by Mr B G Simpson,[2] that a University Moot be established and a committee be appointed to consider ways and means.  The motion was carried.


The meeting then appointed Mr L J Regan[3] to act as Secretary for the time being.  It was moved by Mr L J Regan, seconded Mr B G Simpson, that the Moot be called the Blackstone Society.


Moved by Mr Bryant,[4] seconded by Mr G J Ruse,[5] that a sub-committee of three be appointed to draw up a constitution for the Society.  Motion carried.


Moved by Mr H A Solomon,[6] seconded by Miss M K Hartrey,[7] that the personnel of the drafting sub-committee be Professor F R Beasley, Mr R J Bryant and Mr R V Nevile.  Motion carried.


Moved by Mr R Abbott,[8] seconded by Mr L J Regan, that the drafting sub-committee be recommended to consider making the subscription to the Society 2/6 per term or 5/- per annum.  Motion carried.


In concluding the meeting Mr L J Regan, on behalf of those present, thanked Professor F R Beasley not only for the kind way in which he helped to form the Society, but also for his kindness in making a donation towards its funds.


26 June 1928


The first ordinary meeting of the Blackstone Society of the University of Western Australia was held in Professor Beasley’s Chambers at the University on the evening of Tuesday June 26th at 8.30 pm.


Professor Beasley than proceeded to read and explain the Constitution as drafted by the special drafting sub-committee.  The meeting them formed itself into a committee to consider the various clauses of the Constitution as drafted, and some lively discussion took place.


The meeting then proceeded to the election of a patron.  Professor F R Beasley was nominated by Mr R Ainslie[9] and seconded by Mr R V Nevile, and was elected unopposed.


3 July 1928


The appointment of trustees was the first matter discussed.  The Secretary [E F Downing][10] stated that he had spoken to Messrs Dwyer,[11] McDonald[12] and Leake,[13] all of whom were willing to act, and it was decided to nominate them at the next meeting of the Society.


On the question of fines it was moved by the Secretary and seconded by Miss Hartrey that they should be imposed at the rate of 6d per week.  Mr S H Good[14] moved an amendment that the total amount of the fine be limited to 2/6 and the motion as amended was carried.


Discussion then took place in regard to calling a general meeting for the presentation of a case. …    Various cases were suggested and one finally agreed upon.  The Secretary then stated that he had seen Professor Beasley who was willing to act as President and Messrs Virtue[15] and Lefroy[16] were nominated as the other members of the Bench.  Messrs B E G Simpson, S H Griffith,[17] R J Ainslie and E F Downing were nominated as Counsel subject to their acquiescence.


19 July 1928


The appeal (Owners of the SS “Q” v The “X” Dock Co) was then called on. …  Mr Downing with him Mr Simpson appeared for the appellant.  Mr Downing in opening gave a short resume of the facts and then submitted that the damage complained of was too remote under the rules laid down in Hadley v Baxendale ….  Mr Griffith, with him Mr Ainslie for the respondents, contended that the damage was due to negligence on the part of the dock owners and he relied on In re Polemis and Furness, Withy & Co


6 September 1928


The second ordinary meeting of the society was held at the University on Thursday September 6th 1928.  …  The financial statement for the previous term disclosed that the membership numbered 23 and that there was a balance standing to the credit of the Society of £4-7-0 in the Commonwealth Savings Bank.


21 April 1931


An ordinary meeting of the Society, convened by Mr J Staricoff,[18] was held in the Refectory, University Buildings, Crawley, on Tuesday evening, April the 21st, for the purpose of making the Society once again a live and active body.


Mr Staricoff by common consent took the chair.  Mr Staricoff briefly gave the reasons for which the meeting had been convened.  Professor Beasley, when called upon by the chairman, stressed the necessity of having a communal organisation of the University law students, through which the members could depart from the placid highways of legal knowledge into the byways; and by which they would have a means of putting their theoretical knowledge into practice.  This, he stated, could best be achieved by the Blackstone Society, the aims of which were to hold mock courts and trials, at which legal questions could be argued before competent judges.  He appealed to all the law students to take an active part and to show his goodwill to the society he offered a donation of £2-2-0 towards its funds.


It was stated that the society had a credit account of £5 in the bank, this being carried over from the society from 1929.


The social activities of the society were then discussed.  It was suggested that an annual dance and a dinner be held.  Mr Solomon moved against this that “the society be one purely for the discussion of legal principles” ….  The motion was put and lost.


5 May 1931


The business of the evening took the form of a moot, the subject of argument being a case in tort, turning on the liability of an innkeeper, which came up for decision in the Court of Appeal this year (Winkworth v Craven 47 TLR 254).  Mr Ross McDonald assisted by Professor Beasley presided over the moot.  Messrs Calthrop and Hatfield[19] were briefed for the appellant innkeeper and Miss Battye[20] and Mr Ainslie appeared for the respondent. …   Supper was provided by the lady members of the society after which the meeting closed.


30 June 1931


Mr M Lavan KC,[21] the noted Criminal Lawyer, delivered an address on “Reminiscences of Law and Lawyers in WA”.


3 March 1933


Law Library Committee.  Mr Hartrey[22] the read the proposed regulations of the committee with regard to the supervision of the library.  These were adopted with the following amendments:

1. “The individual who opens the library is not responsible for the supervision of the library if he passes the key or hands his authority on to another member of the Society. …

7.  Insert the words … “disregard” instead of “defiance”.


16 March 1933


The question of the law library was then brought up for discussion.  Mr Seymour[23] read a letter from Miss Wood[24] concerning the leaving open of windows and doors and the necessity for informing all persons in authority of the need that such a state of things should not recur.


It was suggested that the Faculty of Law be conspicuously represented in the Procession and the following were elected to a Procession Committee: Mr Lyster, Mr Noseda,[25] Mr Lane,[26] Mr Pearson,[27] Mr Craven,[28] Miss Holland.[29]


Further discussion concerned improvements to the library in the nature of radiators and carpets.


15 June 1933


On the motion of Mr Hartrey, seconded by Mr Adams,[30] it was decided to hold a social evening on Sat July 8th in the Refectory, consisting of a dinner to be followed by dancing and bridge.


24 September 1933


A matter for consideration was re Holdsworth’s “Historical Introduction to the Land Law” which was missing from the junior library.  The President called for suggestions as to methods whereby its return might be ensured, but none of any practical value were forthcoming.


9 January 1934


The following recommendations were made: that Holdsworth’s “Historical Introduction to the Land Law” and Jenks “History of English Law” missing from the General Library, be replaced and paid for out of the library trust fund.


12 March 1934


A motion was carried that the old Law Song be left out of the Graduation Ceremony.


18 June 1935


Teams for a Roman Law debate on “The origins of Res Mancipi and Res Nec Mancipi”, to be held on July 2nd, were selected, and were: Clarkson,[31] Rich[32] and O’Sullivan,[33] Johnson.[34]  It was decided to conduct a moot on a subject relating to Personal Property or Contracts to be chosen on the advice of Mr Tindal.[35]


5 April 1935


In his Report the retiring President (Mr G Keall)[36] mentioned the outstanding success of the Society during 1934.  Special mention was made of the Annual Dinner, and the Luncheon accorded to the High Court Justices Dixon and McTiernan.


17 June 1935


It was decided to hold the Annual Dinner of the Society in the University Refectory on Saturday 6th July.  The secretary [C J O’Sullivan] submitted quotes from three caterers together with a proposed menu.  The quote of Mrs O’Connell was accepted on the motion of Mr Clarkson and Miss Wilson.[37]  The following list of Toasts was approved: “The King”; “The Dean and Lecturers of the Faculty”; “The Society”; “The Ladies”; “Past and Present Members”.


22 July 1935


The date for the next moot was fixed at 31st July, the subject being an appeal from the decision in the case Palsgraf v Long Island Railroad (1928) 248 NY 339.


12 March 1936


The retiring secretary [C J O’Sullivan] read a list of the books missing from the Law Libraries, and urged law students to return the books in order that no steps of a punitive nature need be taken against offenders.


27 March 1936


On the motion of Miss Wilson and Mr Wilson,[38] it was decided to charge all members attending Society functions, the nominal sum of 3d to help to defray supper expenses, and the Treasurer was instructed to attempt to collect the money before the function.


 8 March 1937


A letter was read from the Dean drawing attention to the loss of books from the Law Library and asking what action was being taken to replace the books and to prevent the recurrence of any such trouble.  It was decided to recommend at the Annual Meeting that the Society’s members submit to a levy to pay for all books not returned by Monday 15th March and that a roster be drawn up so that a senior student would always be responsible for the library.  Attendance on duty to be enforced by a fine for failure to do so and the student in charge to have the power to recommend to the Law Library Committee that fines be imposed on students reported by him for breaking library regulations.


15 June 1937


Both satisfaction and dissatisfaction were expressed with last year’s dinner.  It was agreed that the most important factor to be secured was good service and, as a corollary, hot dishes which were hot.  Mr Parsons[39] said that from what he had heard, the members of the Society did not want fancy dishes, but, as he naively put it, “good plain food”, provided it was hot. …  It was decided, owing to the untiring efforts of Mr Parsons, to engage Miss Salter’s orchestra (3 piece) for the dance.


25 June 1937


The Secretary [H R Anderson][40] reported that he had been able to obtain quotes only from Mrs Huck, her figures being 4/- per head for a four course meal, and 4/6 with poultry.  It was decided to engage Mrs Huck and the poultry.  It was decided to buy approximately the same quantities of liquor as last year, viz 6 doz beer and about £4-10-0 worth of wine.  For supper it was resolved to ask Mrs Huck to provide beef tea and sandwiches.


22 July 1937


It was reported that Dr Rosenberg[41] had consented to give an address to the Society on German law, with special reference to Nazi conceptions.


It was agreed that the dinner had been unsatisfactory in a number of respects, and that a rebate in the price of the catering be demanded from Mrs O’Connell.


3 August 1937


The Secretary [H R Anderson] further reported that he had seen Mrs O’Connell and claimed a rebate in the price of the catering for the dinner, but had been unsuccessful except to the extent of 3/-.  Mrs O’Connell’s grounds for refusal to do so were that she had made no charge for breakages or soft drinks.  Argument raged strongly as to whether this was a set-off or counter-claim, the odds being slightly towards a set-off.  Various attacks of varying degrees of pungency were levelled at Mrs O’Connell and the dinner, but the President [S H Johnson] eventually quenched the flames by refusing to accept any motion on the point at all.


10 September 1937


The minutes of the previous meeting were read and adopted, subject to a protest from Mr Clarkson that his vehement denunciation of the inefficiency of Mrs O’Connell’s catering for the dinner had not been recorded.


On the motion of the Secretary [H R Anderson], Mr Clarkson and the other members of the Faculty’s debating team (Messrs Ennis[42] and Davis[43]) were congratulated on having won the Interfaculty Debating cup, in the first year of its existence.


Miss Wilson raised a complaint that there was too much noise in the Library, preventing her (and a few other conscientious people) from working with a maximum of efficiency.


10 March 1938


A letter was read from Professor Beasley in which he reiterated both the illegality and the undesirability of smoking in the Law Library.


Mr Clarkson moved that this meeting extend the heartiest congratulations of the Blackstone Society and every member thereof to Mr Ross Anderson, a past Treasurer and Secretary of the Society and a present member thereof, on his selection as the Rhodes Scholar for 1938.  Carried with acclamation.


9 June 1938


Decided to hold the Annual Dinner of the Society at 7.30 pm on Saturday 16th July, in the Refectory.  The catering was on no account to be exposed to the scheming wiles of Mrs O’Connell.


29 June 1938


Mr Ennis said that in their opinion the method adopted by the Law Library Committee of endeavouring to obtain missing books by closing the Law Libraries had not been a success, and as it was very inconvenient and did not achieve the purpose intended it should be discontinued.  


Moved Mr Ennis seconded Mr Barker that the Society recommend to the Law Library Committee that a fine of 7/6 be imposed on those taking out books from the Library at any time without putting their name in the book.  Carried.


Talking in Library.  Mr Rich moved, seconded Mr Wilson, that the Society recommend that heavy fines be imposed on excessive talking in the Law Libraries.  Mr Ennis moved, seconded Mr Wilson, that the Society recommend that only reasonable legal discussion in the Library be condoned in any way at all.  Both motions carried.


9 March 1939


Presidential address:  Mr Parsons spoke of the scope and object of the society as set out in the constitution.  The object was to foster legal knowledge and as far as this was concerned the constitution was being flouted.


Mr Burt[44] pointed out that the number of moots in the previous years had been much too small and suggested that the committee should endeavour to improve that position.


Farewell to graduates.  Mr Wickens[45] suggested that a similar function to last year be held to farewell the graduates.  Some interesting legal personage might be prevailed upon to give a short address before the meeting demobilised to extract the beer from a keg.


14 March 1939


It was decided to allow smoking in the Law Library on the condition imposed by Professor Beasley that the room should be kept clean by the production of ashtrays.


20 April 1939


Business: to discuss arrangements for a moot.  It was decided to stage a mock assault on a University woman (with her connivance).  Witnesses were to be gathered from the people in the vicinity. …   Messrs Burt and Davis to act as counsel with Messrs Wright[46] and Medcalf[47] their juniors. If possible the jury was to be constituted of persons not members of the Blackstone Society and Sir Walter James[48] to be asked to judge the issue.


29 June 1939


Business: to discuss arrangements for Blackstone Dinner.  If possible Lash (Lake Karrinyup) should be the caterer.  The liquor problem had been alleviated somewhat by a generous donation from Mr Duce[49] – 2 cases of whatever wine was necessary.  The remainder of the amount allowed was to be bought at Ginsberg’s Wine Saloon.  5 dozen bottles of beer to be applied for.  The matter of an orchestra next exercised the minds of the members.  Harry Wand and Molly Wagner were to be approached.  Harry’s price being prohibitive, Miss Wagner was later engaged.  It was decided that the subs should be the same as the previous year – Students 12/6, Graduates 15/-.  A tin of 50 cigarettes was considered ample to satisfy the dictates of formality.


9 April 1940


One great comfort had been obtained for members, the privilege of smoking in the Library.  Moreover, a common room had been secured, although the fitting and furnishing had not yet reached completion.  The war was not an all-sufficient excuse for any failings that the 1939 Committee might have shown.


22 April 1940


Missing Books …  It was decided that the following books should be replaced: Holland, Elements of Jurisprudence; McIver, The Modern State; Pound, Introduction to the Philosophy of Law; Thayer, Lex Aquilia; Vinogradoff, Roman Law in Mediaeval Europe. …  Investigations were to be made concerning the disappearance of Wynes, Legislative and Executive Powers in Australia.


21 June 1940


It was decided that since members’ time was very occupied on account of the War, there should be no moot in the immediate future.


25 March 1941


Some discussion took place on the matter of the uncompleted common room situated in Winthrop Tower.  On the motion of Mr Read,[50] seconded Mr Gemmel, it was decided to hold a working bee on Tuesday 15th April for the purpose of completing the room. 


Mr Davies[51] and Mr Gibson[52] successfully moved that initiation of freshers be not held until members of the Faculty now in military camp had returned.


9 June 1941


It was decided to hold a moot in the Men’s Common Room on the evening of Thursday 26 June.  Mr Hammond[53] and Mr Read were to be Senior Counsel and Mr Davy[54] and Mr Hall Junior Counsel.  Mr Ross Anderson was to be approached and invited to act as Judge.  A very interesting seduction case was chosen as the subject for the moot.


[No further entries until 1947.]


12 March 1947


Moved Mr Nicholson[55] and seconded Mr Hammond[56] that a committee of Second Year students under the direction of Mr Walker[57] should be formed to suggest and organise initiations.


With the approach of the initial round of Goyder Cup cricket it was moved Mr Hammond and seconded Mr Franklyn[58] that Messrs Walker and Taylor[59] should call a practice and choose a team of Law representatives.


The Law Song written by Mr B Smith[60] was adopted with thanks by the Society.


3 April 1947


As the Library was to be moved to its new site Mr Gibson called for volunteers to help with the transportation during the forthcoming Graduation week.  The question of library fines as imposed by Miss Russell[61] was discussed but before a motion could be put it was pointed out that this matter was beyond our jurisdiction being an absolute power in the person of the Librarian.


20 May 1947


It was moved that a studio photograph of the 1947 Graduates should be taken with a view to both giving one to each graduate and also of hanging one in a suitable spot in the Law Library.  After some ribald discussion the motion was passed.


Mr Walton[62] announced the fact that after consultation with the Institute of Secretaries a number of their members had generously consented to stage a mock company meeting for the benefit of we aspiring accountants.


27 September 1947


The Law Banner design submitted by Dr Rodgers[63] was approved of and adopted.


25 February 1948


As this year is the 21st Anniversary of the Law School’s inauguration and the 21st year of Professor Beasley’s seat in the chair of Law, it was decided that these anniversaries should be combined with the annual Blackstone dinner.  …  Throughout the year the Committee will be pleased to receive suggestions to make this coming of age party the greatest and most memorial [sic] function in the history of Perth’s legal fraternity.


A discussion was held on the Law Banner design proposed last year. …  The design as it stands places the Society in the position of using the Royal coat of arms without the necessary approval.


8 September 1948


Mr Walker and Mr Nicholson outlined a proposal for assisting financially in the provision of a reader for John Henshaw[64] during his period of articles.


[No further entries until 1957.]


12 July 1957


The President then reported that new nominations were necessary for the Society’s representatives at the Law Moot to be held in Sydney in August.  Nominations were then called for: T A Walsh[65] (Miss Johnston[66] – Williams[67]), Miss Johnston (TA Walsh – Williams).  No further nomination forthcoming, discussion then ensued on the advisability of sending Miss Johnston away with Mr Walsh.


10 April 1958


Moved: that since the capital in the Blackstone Society Anniversary Prize Fund is sufficient to produce enough interest to cover the annual prize amount, the Senate be requested to invest this amount and ensure that the prize is paid from the resulting interest.


Notice of Motion: That Professor W H Pedrick[68] be made an Honorary Life Associate of the Blackstone Society.


9 May 1958


Moved: that in view of Miss Ainslie’s[69] offer at the last debates evening to “come up and see me sometime” (during a discussion on the topic that “women are colder and more delicate than men etc”), a roster system be drawn up accordingly (Malcolm[70] – O’Connor[71]).  Carried unanimously.


3 July 1958


Mr  Nicholson[72] presided over some fifty members of the Society, the meeting having been delayed because of an altercation with medical students and the abduction of the Law School cleaner.


Congratulations were extended to T Walsh and D Malcolm, the Western Australian team that won the law moot, and acclamation followed.


Correspondence: … Guild President informing Society of time imposed for removing property of Dramatic Society, to wit some pictures and one giraffe.


Law Picnic: Moved Chappell,[73] seconded Harvey[74] that the picnic be held on Wednesday July 23rd subject to weather; if it is bad weather then the last Wednesday of term; and that the American student be invited; and if possible it be a farewell to the 1958 Rhodes Scholar, law graduate Maurice Charles Cullity.[75]


Moved Walsh, seconded Parker:[76] That an approach be made to the President of the Articled Clerks Society to remove the £12 admission fee for articled clerks, at the same time as the £30 admission to the bar fee is removed by Act of Parliament.  Carried.


26 September 1958


The President [Mr Robert Nicholson] … noted that the 30th Anniversary year of the Society had been highlighted by the staging of the Annual Intervarsity Law Moot by the Society, which was successful in winning the cup.  The year had also been one much noteworthy for rivalry with the Architects resulting in the loss of the Law School mascot, namely a headless giraffe.  On the material side a soap container had been obtained for the men’s washroom and a Faculty Tie purchased.


10 April 1959


Moved Auguste[77] – Smyth:[78] that no crudely fabricated pictures etc be displayed on the common room walls.  Mr Auguste, speaking for the motion, reminded us that the common room was not an exclusively male domain.  He said he was not otherwise opposed to having beautiful females on walls.  Mr Vinnicombe[79] asked why only on walls?  Mr O’Connor suggested the motion was superfluous, in that, once the Saturday Evening Post was replaced by Time, there would be no more temptation in our way.  Mr Auguste asked whether Mr O’Connor had ever seen a picture of Brigitte Bardot in Time.  Motion carried.


Mr Nairn[80] asked Freshers to use the east end of the Library, so that members of the other years could use the law reports in greater peace.


Discussion as to whether the Law Picnic should be a mixed show, or “an all-male grog-up”.


8 May 1959


Mr Vinnicombe, our Prosh Organiser, told us that we had a low-loader to convey our version of a Full Court.  He also spoke of a forthcoming “marriage ceremony” to be held in Forrest Place with O’Halloran[81] the groom, Grljusich[82] the blushing bride, and Rev O’Malley, who had renounced his faith for the occasion, to officiate.


31 July 1959


The President [J A Rodgers][83] reported that the proposed alterations to the lavatories, coat-hooks etc are bogged down by red tape, and that the whole matter as involving a matter of principle, is to be discussed by the Senate.


28 September 1959


The Treasurer [G Harvey] gave an itemised statement of the year’s expenditure and the present financial position of the Society.  Our contingency fund had been exhausted, as well as the greater part of our fund for a post-exam orgy.  However, this would probably be increased by outstanding debts.


Post-exam party: in response to anxious inquiries, Mr Harvey reported that “she’ll be right”. …


[1] Roy Vivian Nevile, LLB 1930, admitted 1930, Crown Solicitor 1947-55, Supreme Court Judge 1955-70.

[2] Brian Edward Griffiths Simpson, admitted 1929.  Some of the students enrolled at the Law School in the early years did not ultimately graduate, but instead were admitted on the basis of five years’ articles, apparently because the Law School’s move to Crawley made it difficult to comply with the rule requiring 90 percent attendance at lectures: Lloyd Davies, Sheila (Perth: Desert Pea Press, 2000), 50.

[3] Leo Joseph Regan, admitted 1930, Assistant Crown Prosecutor 1949-55.

[4] Richard John Bryant, admitted 1937, WA state cricketer 1924-36, Captain 1930 onwards.

[5] Gerald Joseph Ruse, admitted 1932, Crown Solicitor 1959-73.

[6] Howard Austin Solomon, admitted 1931 [Morris Crawcour & Solomon = Phillips Fox].

[7] Mary Kathleen Hartrey, LLB 1931, admitted 1933.

[8] Rosslind Gerard Abbott, admitted 1932.

[9] Robert Inglis Ainslie, admitted 1932, QC 1959.

[10] Edward Frank Downing, admitted 1930, QC 1952 [Downing & Downing].

[11] Presumably John Patrick Dwyer, admitted 1904, Supreme Court Judge 1929-1945, Chief Justice 1946-1958, but possibly Walter Dwyer, admitted 1907, President of the State Arbitration Court 1925-45 [Dwyer Durack].

[12] Robert Ross McDonald, admitted 1910, KC, Attorney General 1946-48 [Jackson McDonald].

[13] Francis Walpole Leake, admitted 1910, KC 1939 [Northmore Hale Davy & Leake = Minter Ellison] .

[14] Sydney Howard Good, admitted 1930, QC, Solicitor General 1946-1969, Chairman of Judges of District Court 1970-77.

[15] John Evenden Virtue, admitted 1928, QC 1950, Supreme Court Judge 1951-75 [Godfrey Virtue].

[16] John Lefroy, admitted 1929.

[17] Stanley George Griffith, admitted 1931.

[18] Joseph G Staricoff (afterwards Starke), LLB 1932, Rhodes Scholar 1932, QC (NSW), Professor, Institute of Humanitarian Law, San Remo, Italy.

[19] Kenneth Watts Hatfield, admitted 1931, QC.

[20] Margaret Battye, LLB 1931, admitted 1933.

[21] Michael Gibson Lavan, admitted 1898, KC [Lavan & Walsh = Phillips Fox].

[22] Thomas Augustine Hartrey, LLB 1934, admitted 1938, MLA 1971-76.

[23] Edward Leslie Seymour, admitted 1938.

[24].Miss M E Wood, University Librarian 1927-59.

[25] Arthur Raymond Noseda, LLB 1936, admitted 1938.

[26] Pauric Denis Lane, LLB 1935, admitted 1939.

[27] Eric Sterndale Pearson, LLB 1935, admitted 1937, afterwards Commonwealth legal officer and magistrate in Canberra.

[28] Possibly Herbert Assheton Craven-Smith-Milnes, admitted 1941.

[29] Edna Isobel Holland, later Longden, LLB 1936, admitted 1938, afterwards Deputy Master, Supreme Court.

[30] Philip Rennell Adams, LLB 1934, admitted 1935, QC 1967.

[31] Gresley Drummond Clarkson, LLB 1937, admitted 1939, QC 1965, Judge of Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea 1966-75, Senior Teaching Fellow of UWA Law School, 1975-81.

[32] Harold Rich, LLB 1939, admitted 1941.

[33] Clement John O’Sullivan, LLB 1937, admitted 1940.

[34] Sydney Harley Johnson, LLB 1938, admitted 1940, Registrar of the District Court 1970-77.

[35] Ernest Tindal, admitted 1913 [Lohrmann Tindal & Guthrie].

[36] Gerald Keall, LLB 1936, admitted 1938 [Keall Brinsden = Corrs Chambers Westgarth].

[37] Frankie Jessie Embleton Wilson, LLB 1938, admitted 1940, afterwards joined the Diplomatic Service.

[38] Francis Wilson, LLB 1939, afterwards went to Japan.

[39] Frank Edward Parsons, LLB 1939, admitted 1941, died on active service in World War II.  The Frank Edwards Parsons Memorial Prize is awarded each year to the UWA student who has displayed the most outstanding personal characteristics for leadership and service.

[40] Harry Ross Anderson, LLB 1938, Rhodes Scholar 1938, admitted 1947, afterwards Professor.

[41] Kurt Paul Rosenberg, afterwards Rodgers, a German-qualified lawyer, LLB 1947, admitted 1948.

[42] Rex Warren Ennis, LLB 1940, admitted 1946.

[43] Solomon Rufus Davis, LLB 1940, admitted 1942, Foundation Professor of Politics, Monash University.

[44] Francis Theodore Page Burt, LLB 1940, admitted 1941, QC 1959, Judge of the Supreme Court 1969-77, Chief Justice 1977-88, Governor of WA 1990-92.

[45] William George Wickens, LLB 1940, admitted 1947, afterwards Stipendiary Magistrate.

[46] George Dundas Wright, LLB 1941, admitted 1948, Supreme Court Judge 1975.

[47] Ian George Medcalf, LLB 1941, admitted 1948, QC 1977, Attorney General 1975-83.

[48] Walter Hartwell James, admitted 1888, MLA 1894-1904, Premier and Attorney General 1902-1904, KC 1902 [Stone James = Mallesons].

[49] Presumably the father of Sybil Gwendolyn Duce, LLB 1941, admitted 1943.

[50] Harold Alwyn Read, LLB 1941, admitted 1947 (and struck off the roll in 1970).

[51] Lester Lloyd Davies, LLB 1948, admitted 1949.

[52] Athol Clifford Gibson, LLB 1947, admitted 1949 [Gibson & Gibson].

[53] Presumably Reginald Francis Liddell Hammond, LLB 1942, admitted 1948, but possibly Geoffrey George Hammond, LLB 1947, admitted 1949.

[54] Thomas Anthony Sholl Davy, admitted 1949.

[55] Keith Graham Nicholson, LLB 1948, admitted 1949.

[56] Geoffrey George Hammond, LLB 1947, admitted 1949 [Hammond Fitzgerald & King, Hammond Worthington].

[57] Robert Newton Walker, LLB 1949, admitted 1951.

[58] Edward Morrissey Franklyn, LLB 1948, admitted 1951, QC 1975, Supreme Court Judge 1984-98.

[59] Brian Elliot Taylor, LLB 1948, admitted 1950.

[60] Donald Brian Chennell Smith, LLB 1948, admitted 1949.

[61] Enid Marjorie Russell, LLB 1930, admitted 1931 (the first locally qualified woman to be admitted), afterwards Lecturer and Librarian at UWA Law School and author of History of the Law in Western Australia.

[62] John Dudley Walton, LLB 1949, admitted 1951.

[63] See above, n 41.

[64] John Ross Henshaw, LLB 1948, admitted 1951 (who was blind).

[65] Terence Alan Walsh, LLB 1959, admitted 1960, QC 1980, Judge of the Supreme Court 1988-98.

[66] Berta  Frances Luita Cockburn Johnston, later von Bibra, LLB 1959.

[67] Presumably Anthony Arthur Williams, LLB 1959, admitted 1960.

[68] Professor Willard H Pedrick, Dean of the Faculty of Law at Arizona State University, who was a Visiting Professor at the Law School on a number of occasions from 1956 onwards.

[69] Katherine Mary Ainslie, afterwards Day, LLB 1962.

[70] David Kingsley Malcolm, LLB 1960, admitted 1964, Rhodes Scholar 1960, QC 1980, Chief Justice 1988-  .

[71] Terence Edward O’Connor, LLB 1960, admitted 1961, QC 1987, later Head of the Anti-Corruption Commission.

[72] Robert David Nicholson, LLB 1959, admitted 1960, Deputy President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal 1986-88, Judge of the Supreme Court 1988-94, Judge of the Federal Court 1994-   .

[73] Ross Chappell, LLB 1959, admitted 1960.

[74] Gregory George Harvey, LLB 1961, admitted 1962.

[75] Maurice Charles Cullity, LLB 1957, Rhodes Scholar 1958, Professor (Osgoode Hall) 1968-c1980, QC (Ontario) c1980, Judge of the Supreme Court of Ontario 1998-   .

[76] Kevin Horace Parker, LLB 1959, admitted 1960, QC 1977, Solicitor General, 1979-1994, Judge of the Supreme Court 1994-2004, now Judge of the International Criminal Court.

[77] Arthur Auguste, LLB 1961, admitted 1963.

[78] Neville John Smyth, LLB 1960, admitted 1963, Commissioner for Titles 1974.

[79] Max Murray Vinnicombe, LLB 1963, admitted 1964.  Mr Vinnicombe tells me that this reference relates to a  picture which he affixed to the ceiling, where he thought it was less likely to be seen.

[80] Donald Weir Nairn, LLB 1961, later Secretary to the House of Representatives.

[81] Joseph Frederick O’Halloran, LLB 1961, admitted 1962.

[82] George Ned Grljusich, LLB 1960, subsequently a sports commentator with the ABC and 6PR.

[83] John Andrew Rodgers, LLB 1960, admitted 1961.